What is cinema? The ontological question can be approached from a plurality of perspectives, from the nature of its physical being to the loftier ideas of its place in the art world. Salaam Cinema is an answer to the question through an enactment of ideas. Instead of presenting a definitive idea of what cinema is, the film collects a swath of ideas that constitute cinema. Continue reading Salaam Cinema (1995)
The first chapter of my thesis on Abbas Kiarostami is now published. The chapter looks at the films Close-Up, And Life Goes On and Through the Olive Trees and examines how the films blend documentary and fiction filmmaking in order to critique the idea of film capturing reality.
I’ve already seen, Marooned in Iraq one of Bahman Ghobadi’s films. After seeing it, I couldn’t think of a single thing to say about the film. I initially felt much the same way about A Time for Drunken Horses and that’s when it struck me that what both films share in common is that they are completely inert. Stripped of story and tone, both films are blandly shot and edited. Continue reading A Time for Drunken Horses (2000)